The gem of the sixth number of the Advocate is a clever College Kodak portraying the fast girl and the freshman. It is a bright "take off" which it is to be hoped that the fast girl will see. The other two Kodaks are of the average character.
Of the stories, "An Unwarranted Inspiration," by Mr. W. F. Brown, is the best. It is carefully written, yet is very easy and smooth. In view of the rather slender plot, the interest is well kept up to the end and the surprise comes in effectively.
Mr. F. W. Nicolls' "Hypnotic Experiment" is clever and amusing. It may be queried whether the ejaculating narrative with parentheses addressed to the hearer, is an improvement to a story. Is it not as well to avoid an absolute imitation of a conversation even when one is reporting it? Do such expressions as "and I-well, I rather liked her-you needn't smile, I didn't care much about her" or "and dignified!-by George ! I've never seen anything like it" help the flow of the narrative any ? This is merely a suggestion, not an implication that the use of the expressions in this story is a serious injury to it.
"Hendrick Fairfail, Mariner" is the story of a shipwrecked sailor of the seventeenth century who must have been possessed of an enormous bump of inventiveness, judging from the remarkable expedient by which he escaped from his uninhabited South Sea Island. The story is well written.
"Pietro of Fiesole" by Mr. C. R. Nutter is a praiseworthy piece of descriptive writing, and the only verse of the number, "Secrets" by B. B. W., is satisfactory, though showing traces of effort.
The editorials are mostly on fugitive topics. One of them deals with Mr. Winsor's letters to the Nation and particularly with his comparison between the interest shown in lectures in Scotch and in American Universities.